Rustboro City (Japanese: カナズミシティKanazumi City) is a metropolis located in western Hoenn. It is the fourth largest city in Hoenn, after Mauville City, Lilycove City and Slateport City. Rustboro City has an unusual yet unique cityscape in the Hoenn region. The buildings' architectures are designed with stones, giving it an old-town feeling.
According to the Cutter's daughter, Rustboro was expanded to accommodate its growing size with the help of the Cutter's Pokémon which cleared the trees. The Devon Corporation is headquartered in the northwest side of the city. The first Gym is located here with Roxanne as the Gym Leader.
The city probing the integration of nature and science. (Japanese: しぜんと かがくの ゆうごうを ついきゅうする まちThe city probing the integration of nature and science.)
Rustboro serves as the establishment for the Devon Corporation, a company which makes many items for Pokémon Trainers. The company headquarters is located in the northwest corner of the city, and takes the appearance of a large, old-fashioned looking building. A sign outside reads:
"For all your living needs, we make
Apart from developing improved and innovative items, the company also revives Pokémon from Fossils. The Devon Corporation's workers are also attempting to build impossible machines such as one that can transform people into Pokémon. In the south section of the town is an apartment complex for Devon employees.
When the city of Rustboro was undergoing expansion, the Cutter had his Pokémon use Cut to help clear the land of trees. He will give the player HM01 (Cut). According to May/Brendan, he has a younger brother in Mauville City, which is the person that gives out HM06 (Rock Smash) in Generation III.
POKéMON TRAINER'S SCHOOL
"We'll teach you anything about
Inside are five students and a teacher, who gives the player the Quick Claw. Talking to the students also reveals helpful information. Behind the teacher is the blackboard with the list of status conditions (Poison, Burn, Freeze, Paralysis, and Sleep) that may affect Pokémon in a battle. In the anime, Roxanne, the local Gym Leader, runs the school.
Rustboro Gym is the first Gym a player must face in the Hoenn region. It is located in the northern part of Rustboro, east of the Devon Corporation. The sign outside reads:
RUSTBORO CITY POKéMON GYM LEADER: ROXANNE
"The ROCK-loving honors student!"
The Gym Leader is Roxanne, who specializes in Rock-type Pokémon. The Stone Badge is awarded for defeating Roxanne. The Gym is a maze; there are two paths, one path which battles the Gym Trainers, while the other path lets the players go through without battling.
During the Delta Episode, after receiving Steven's call in Petalburg City, Steven will be waiting outside the Devon Corporation building in Rustboro City for the player, escorting the player to Mr. Stone's office when they arrive.
In his office, Mr. Stone tells the player about the history of the Devon Corporation, then asks the player to retrieve a Meteorite Shard from Granite Cave. Throughout the Delta Episode, Mr. Stone mentions where Steven has most recently headed to.
After listening to Zinnia's grandmother at Meteor Falls, Steven heads to the Devon Corporation building in Rustboro City. When the player arrives there, a scientist runs out the front door, running away from a Team Aqua Grunt. That grunt then challenges the player, followed by a second and third grunt, all of whom run away after their own defeat. After defeating the third grunt, the scientist reveals that the device to control the Link Cable was stolen by CourtneyOR/MattAS and that Steven has headed off to the Mossdeep Space Center.
In The Winner by a Nosepass, Ash battled Roxanne and earned himself the Stone Badge. The match was filmed by some of Roxanne's students to become a learning resource at the Rustboro Trainers' School.
In Stairway to Devon, Max spilled soda on the PokéNav, causing it to malfunction. While attempting to avoid May so she wouldn't find out, Max bumped into Mr. Stone, who agreed to fix the PokéNav and take him on a guided tour through this company, the Devon Corporation. During the tour, Mr. Stone and Max spotted a mysterious scientist, later revealed to be a Team Aqua Grunt, who stole two capsules from the Fossil restoration lab. The thief was eventually cornered by Mr.Stone, Ash, and his friends, with Team Rocket inadvertently causing the grunt to lose the stolen goods. While the thief managed to escape, Max was able to recover the tubes for Mr. Stone.
In On a Wingull and a Prayer!, Ash and his friends visited the desolate harbor of Rustboro City to take a boat to Dewford Town. After missing the morning service boat, the group decided to wait for the afternoon ferry. During that time, the group re-encountered the Team Aqua Grunt from the Devon Corporation heist, who hoped to take Mr. Briney's boat and make his getaway. The grunt took Mr. Briney's Wingull, nicknamedPeeko, as a hostage. While Mr. Briney recovered Peeko using his other boat, the S.S. Wingull, the grunt escaped with Mr. Briney's boat. Afterwards, he was recovered by his fellow grunts, who were waiting out at sea with a submarine. As a reward for their assistance, Mr. Briney escorted Ash and his friends to Dewford Island.
Rustboro City also has a Contest Hall on its outskirts. Ash and his friends arrived at the Rustboro Hall in All Things Bright and Beautifly! and discovered that a Pokémon Contest was scheduled to take place there in just a few hours. They were surprised by the way contestants prepared their Pokémon for the event, as it was very different from how Trainers usually train their Pokémon for Gym matches. After a meeting with Janet and Chaz, two skilled Pokémon Coordinators, they learned about the proceedings of the competition and decided to enter. However, the lady in the registration desk was not accepting new entries as the event had already reached the maximum number of contestants allowed. Nonetheless, they received Contest Passes and watched the Pokémon Contest get underway, with May and Max working as Janet's assistants.
The Rustboro Ribbon
During the Appeals Round, Chaz had his Venomoth showing off its Confusion attack, while Janet had her Beautifly using String Shot to break plates thrown by May and Max. Their performances impressed the panel of judges enough to secure them a place in the second round. Jessie's performance, on the other hand, was a total failure as she commanded her newly caughtSeviper to use several moves it didn't known. In the Contest Battles, both Janet and Chaz defeated their opponents to reach the finals. The two had a close battle, but when time ran out Janet was shown to have more points. As a result, she was declared the winner of the Rustboro Contest, earning her third Ribbon. Throughout the competition, May was amazed by the performances and the different kind of battling, and this inspired her to become a Pokémon Coordinator.
Much of Rustboro City is tall buildings and thriving, but its seaport and the neighboring suburb appear derelict. In On a Wingull and a Prayer!, May was particularly disappointed to learn that the famous "Rustboro City Pasta" restaurant was closed up. Rustboro's coastline is largely open water, with sharp rocks like Triangle Rock further out.
It is also similar to Pewter City of Kanto and Goldenrod City of Johto. Their geographic locations to their regions are very remarkably similar, as well as being only accessible through a forest during the beginning of the games. Rustboro is more like Pewter in that both cities are the second city visited with a Gym, but first to be beaten by the player. Both Pewter and Rustboro's Gyms specialize in Rock-type Pokémon, and play a role in the player obtaining Fossil Pokémon.
In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, there is an Easter egg findable in Rustboro City, involving the Ace Trainer who gives the player a Float Stone. After giving it to the player, he will explain its effect of halving the holder's weight. If the player then leaves and re-enters the floor, the Ace Trainer has turned into a Hiker, who tells that he has put on a lot of weight recently for some reason.
カナズミシティ Kanazumi City
Possibly from 金属 kanazoku (metal) and 炭 sumi (charcoal)
From rust and borough
From métal, rouille (rust), and ville (village)
From Metall (metal) and Rost (rust)
From ferro (iron) and ruggine (rust)
From Férrico, ferric (to be made of iron)
금탄도시 Geumtan Dosi
From 금 (金) geum (gold or metal) and 탄 (炭) tan (coal)